Identifying & Repairing Issues Related To Foundation Wall Failure
- Horizontal or stair-step cracking along the foundation walls
- Diagonal cracking at corners of poured concrete foundation walls
- Inward bowing or bulging along the walls
- Walls sliding inwards on the bottom
- Walls leaning in at the top
- Wet, clay soils around the home coupled with damaged walls
How to Fix It:
Install Wall Anchors along the bowing walls, and use the system’s clamping pressure to stabilize and restore the wall. When space issues prohibit wall anchor installation, we recommend installing the IntelliBrace™ Wall System.
What Causes Cracked & Bowing Foundation Walls?
The soils around your home can put enormous pressure on foundation walls. The amount of pressure they exert depends on four factors:
- The type of soil around the foundation
- The amount of moisture in the soil
- How far underground the foundation is
- The temperature conditions
There’s constant pressure on your foundation walls from the outside, but the only thing holding up your foundation wall is the wall itself. Hydrostatic pressure, expansive clay soil, and frost can all exert enough pressure to cause walls to lean or even collapse.
Gutters and downspouts can also contribute significantly to foundation problems.
If roof runoff is not directed away from your foundation, the soil around the foundation will become heavier and more expansive as it’s saturated with water.
Installing Foundation Wall Anchors
At Ohio Basement Systems, we recommend the Wall Anchor System, to stabilize failing foundation walls. Our contractors follow these six steps when installing our warrantied wall anchor system:
Before the installation, earth anchor locations will be determined to maximize system effectiveness. When the foundation contractors arrive, their proposal will show the location of each earth anchor in the yard outside your house.
At the beginning of each earth anchor installation, sod is carefully removed from your lawn and placed aside for later. A sheet is laid down to help protect your lawn and landscaping, and an earth anchor hole is made using a power auger.
Once the hole has been excavated, we will core a small hole through your basement wall. Then, a steel anchor rod will be driven through the wall and soil, extending through a hole in the center of the earth anchor.
One way our wall anchor system is superior to other methods is that the hole created in the foundation wall is very small – 1″ in diameter. Other methods may require a large hole or section of concrete block to be removed during installation.
After securing the end of each anchor rod to its earth anchor, these assemblies are buried in the ground, using soil removed earlier. To resist corrosion damage, each of our earth anchor systems is designed with galvanized steel.
Each of the Earth Anchors we install includes a 25-year warranty against manufacturing defects, as well as our own in-house quality and performance warranty.
Once the earth anchors have been installed, our foundation repair experts will mount a wall plate over each anchor rod end that protrudes from the basement wall. Screwing a large nut to the threaded end of the anchor rod secures each wall plate and stabilizes the wall as the nut is tightened.
If your wall anchors are being installed in a finished basement, be sure to ask us about our Wall Anchor Covers, which will help you conveniently conceal your wall anchor access points.
At Ohio Basement Systems, we take pride in leaving each job clean, neat, and free of damage to existing landscaping. As part of our cleanup process, we fill holes completely with dirt saved earlier and tamp filled areas to ensure that depressed areas will not be created as the soils settle over time.
We will also replace all sod, carefully grooming it with a rake to help it to blend in with surrounding grass for a seamless landscaping restoration.
Wall Anchors do more than just stop the inward movement of your foundation walls — they also provide the opportunity to straighten your walls over time.
Eventually, your walls can be significantly repaired, or even returned completely to their original position. This is a powerful way to restore value to your home and return your home to looking solid, stable, and attractive — both for you and for prospective home buyers.
When Foundation Wall Anchors Won’t Work
In some cases, a wall anchor system can’t be used to repair a bowing wall because the yard outside the house isn’t accessible.
When we at Ohio Basement Systems encounter this kind of problem, we suggest that you install our IntelliBrace™ Foundation Wall System.
Saving a wall with the IntelliBrace™ system. This innovative system stabilizes bowing walls and can even straighten walls over time.
The IntelliBrace™ System
The IntelliBrace™ is a patented foundation wall repair system designed to stabilize failing basement walls and also allow for potential straightening over time.
This product is a great option when access to the yard outside of the home is not possible and bowing, buckling wall problems need to be solved.
The IntelliBrace™ is an I-beam system that has several advantages over traditional “old school” systems.
This includes its rust-resistant zinc coating and a design that makes it possible not only to stabilize bowing walls, but also to straighten these walls over a period of time.
Looking For Foundation Wall Repair Experts In Ohio?
At Ohio Basement Systems, we’re proud to provide warrantied solutions that will permanently solve issues with bowing, buckling foundation walls.
We provide free, no-obligation foundation wall repair estimates to homeowners throughout our Ohio service area. Each estimate is made in person, on site, and is presented in writing.
Our service area includes Strongsville, Akron, Cleveland, Cuyahoga Falls, Mentor, Lakewood, Elyria, Youngstown, Westlake, Lorain and the nearby areas. Call or e-mail us today!